Ho­tel re­view in­ter­na­tional

The Mur­ray, Hong Kong

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LO­CA­TION

The ho­tel is in Cen­tral, on Hong Kong Is­land. It is be­tween Gar­den Road and Cot­ton Tree Drive, with cov­ered over­passes en­sur­ing easy walk­ing ac­cess in ev­ery di­rec­tion.

THE PLACE

It’s a stun­ner. As part of the Hong Kong Gov­ern­ment’s ‘Con­serv­ing Cen­tral’ ini­tia­tive, this new ho­tel has taken over the stately Mur­ray Build­ing, a for­mer gov­ern­ment of­fice tower built in 1969. They’ve gone all out, high­light­ing the bold ex­te­rior arches as an ar­chi­tec­tural fea­ture, be­deck­ing the place in gold trim and cre­at­ing a sense of space and open­ness – an un­ex­pected ac­com­plish­ment in such a built-up part of the city.

ROOMS

They’re fit­tingly spa­cious and lux­u­ri­ous with sleek grey and black fur­nish­ings soft­ened by gold trims, colour­ful throw cush­ions and re­flec­tive sur­faces. A desk and mini-bar re­cess is backed by ex­pan­sive city, har­bour or park views. In the bath­room, there are marble floors, gold taps and Grown Alchemist bath prod­ucts. Big glass walls with a frost­ing op­tion al­low guests to take a dip in the half-shell bath with or with­out city views. The toi­let has a Ja­panese seat.

FOOD AND DRINK

The Mur­ray Lane cock­tail bar in the lobby has bench seats, pop art and snazzy bar­tenders. The Gar­den Lounge, where break­fast is served, is in an airy room sur­rounded by floor-to-ceil­ing glass walls that draw the gar­den in­side. Tai Pan is a mod­ern Euro­pean restau­rant. Popin­jays, a rooftop bar and eatery, and the pre­vi­ously es­tab­lished Miche­lin-starred Can­tonese restau­rant, Guo Fu Lou, will open later this year.

WHAT GUES TS LIKE

“The level of ser­vice is out­stand­ing (the in­room guest guide even had de­tailed di­rec­tions for nearby hikes).” – TripAd­vi­sor “Vis­i­tors to Hong Kong must try the new best ho­tel in Cen­tral. The Mur­ray is in soft launch mode with full open­ing mid year.” – Ex­pe­dia

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